College Football > The NFL

I don’t know about you, but I am more excited than a fat kid at the county fair right now….and you know why?

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Two words: College Football…….and maybe beer.

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Better make that three words.

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College Football is upon us! This is the time of year when being crunk before 4 pm is acceptable, when you change your cell phone ring to marching band music, when hanging out in the parking lot is socially acceptable and when getting into heated fights no matter where you are is just plain awesome.

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From the Coliseum to Kyle Field, from the “Big House” to Beaver Stadium, college football fans are thinking more about Saturday’s game than anything at work, that’s for sure.

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It’s the thought that if your team loses one game, their national championship aspirations may be shot to shiz. It’s that late-game interception that leads the dramatic two-minute victory. That’s what we come out in hoards to see these boys give all they got every weekend.

Beyond awesome.

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But then awesomeness is at times derailed by the few sorry people who ask you “Why are you wasting your time watching College? The NFL is way better bro!”  I really hate coming into contact with those people because for one, it is illegal to set their car on fire, two, fantasy football is actually kind of cool and three, they know deep down in their very souls that they are just flat-out wrong.

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So here is my top 15 reasons why College Football is better than the NFL.

1. The Rivalries

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Pro-football rivalries pale in comparison to long-standing college ones.  There’s really no comparison. Not only have they been around longer and generate a more intense atmosphere for the upcoming match-up, they play just once for a solid year of bragging rights. The NFL will play their rival from the same division at least twice in a single season, removing the significance of each win.  What’s the fun in that?

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Love THIS!

2. The Heisman Trophy

Does the NFL have a Heisman Trophy….?

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3. The Marching Bands

College bands are an integral part of the college football experience. They have a way of getting fans pumped up and behind their team like no other. The music is so loud and powerful, you cannot help feeling motivated to get off your seat, clap your hands, and scream your fight song at the top of your lungs. It generates a special feeling and unique atmosphere foreign to pro sports.

Some of these marching bands have even won Grammy awards, been featured on Late Night, in feature films and even have had THE Ron Burgundy lead them to the promise land.

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Just saying……

BTW: Kudos to the band who got banned by the BYU Mormons.  You are an inspiration to all.

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4. A Day to Get Over the Hangover

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Monday is a work day.  That sucks because if you’re an NFL fan and you can’t hold your liquor, you’ve probably gone through life bouncing around between jobs or just completely hating life every Monday morning.  Do not discount the day of reckoning brought upon you by the hangover gods!  College games on Saturday should be your Day of Sloshness and then Sunday your Hangover Day.  If not, you might have to start exercising some self-control, and who really wants to do that?

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5. Brent Musburger

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You can hate Brent all you want but the man at least makes it interesting.  Sure, he makes it interesting by using the same old catch phrases that he’s been using for years, plus in his old age he is getting more and more inappropriate and senile.  Thank you AJ McCarron.

There’s also a Brent Musburger drinking game…?!?!?!! OMG you must see for yourself: http://bit.ly/BQ5Tv. That alone gets him on the list….and Herbie ❤

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6. Roger Goodell doesn’t exist in College Football

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I’m not a big fan of the Hammer.  Seriously.  I don’t understand why 32 grown upindividuals, the owners of each NFL team, can’t come up with real discipline rules and ways of solving issues, especially when it comes to domestic abuse.  “Uhhhh this player who beat the hell out of his wife…..let’s suspend him for only 2 games.  BUT this other fella who tested positive for marijuana….let’s suspend him for an entire year!”  What the hell Roger?  And, then, he’s washing his hands ofthe whole Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy problem and leaving it up to the players and owners to get through.  Whatever, dude.

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7. The Scandals

Yeah, I know, it’s a negative but for many others, it’s gold!  I mean, where else can you get into ridiculous debates about whether or not the exploitation of individuals is based on some cockamamie scheme of providing a college education is okay?  No where else except in college football!  Without Jameis Winston last year, the end of the season sure would have been boring.  Being charged for only 1/2 crimes is pure scandal in the making, when the crime he was actually charged for was straight up foolish. Damn, those crab legs must have been worth it.  And you gotta hand it to Josh Shaw of USC for being a complete moron and lying to God.  Ugh.

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Idiocy is entertainment.  Haven’t you seen Jackass?

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8. Lou Holtz vs Mark May

These two together is just two college football peas in a pod.  Love them 🙂

Every season, you can always count on these two to bring on the heated bickering to ESPN, diverting our attention from the moronic behavior of Lee Corso.  And rightly so.

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9. The Cheerleaders

Sure, most fellas would put this group of folks much higher than number 10 on the list, but come on people, really?  From a purely aesthetic point of view, cheerleaders are cool.  They dance and holler and they’re always happy.  Plus, it’s nice to see somebody dancing and doing flippity dippitiy moves without having to wait every four years for the Summer Olympics.

 

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Plus I would hope their academic scholarship is more than $50/game.  Sorry Raider Girls…..

10. Better Tailgating

You can live anywhere in the United States, well, almost anywhere, and get to a college football game.  No, really.  And…when you get to that college football game, if you wear the right colors there will be somebody, somewhere in the parking lot, willing to give you a bratwurst and ice-cold brewski.

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While both NFL and college venues feature elaborate tailgating traditions, the college atmosphere is a lot more fan-friendly and just flat-out more awesome. Most college fans bring their entire family, adding a nice little Hallmark touch to the party. Let’s face it, there are idiots that abuse alcohol in all walks of life, but at college tailgates, it seems a bit more contained and just downright fun.  Don’t worry, there are bound to be some parental figures there to keep your idiocy in check.

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11. Better Overtime

In college football, both teams are given equal opportunity to score, and the outcome does not hinge on a mere coin toss. While the coin toss does determine which one first goes on offense, the other team still gets a fair shot to score. Each team starts on the defender’s 25 yard-line and on fourth down they can either go for it to obtain a first down or touchdown, or kick a field goal. The other team then gets a turn to do the same. If the other team scored a touchdown or a field goal, your team must do the same or you lose the game.  It can get intense.

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It’s high time the NFL implements a similar method not so contingent on a coin toss.

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12. Each is Game is IMPORTANT

In college football, rarely do we see a team play the same opponent in a single season. In the NFL, a team will play another from the same division twice in one season. While some fans argue it gives them a chance at payback, it confuses bragging rights unless the same team wins both match-ups. USC and UCLA fans and players can brag, with annual certainty, that they beat their rival back in said year. And isn’t that what bragging rights are all about?

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An NFL fan cannot claim the same unless they beat their rival both times in a single season. If they have to share bragging rights in a given season, it takes something away from the win and makes beating your rival meaningless; especially if the loser of the first meeting manages to make it to the playoffs while your team sits at home.

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13. No Trades, No Lockouts, No Changes

Just ask any Cleveland Browns fan how devastating it can be when your team decides to uproot and move to another city. The Michigan Wolverines will always be in Anne Arbor, forever sport blue & yellow, and will never cease to exist. Many fans of certain pro teams over the years did not have that same sense of security. A college fan could never imagine their team disappearing or moving to another location. It would be a nightmarish scenario for any fan of any sport to endure.

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Our lives are filled with such uncertainty at times, the continuity of college football is a refreshing reminder that we DO have something we can always count on.  Sweet.

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14. The Polls and Rankings

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, polls provide college fans with something to brag about and a gauge to compare their team to others. While it remains an imperfect system until we see how “playoffs” will work out this year, it was still better than what the NFL has. Polls give fans something to talk or brag about each week leading up to the next game. They’re also fun to contemplate, in particular if you like stats and numbers.

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15. The Tradition

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College football traditions are the oldest and most elaborate practices in all of sports. There’s the Little Brown Jug awarded to the winner of the annual Michigan verses Minnesota game, the War Eagle entrance for the Auburn Tigers, dotting the “I” in Script Ohio, the Clemson tigers running down the hill, the Twelfth Man at Texas A&M, the Victory bell awarded to the winner of the annual USC vs. FUCLA game and who can forget Notre Dame castrating all the players after Halloween.

Actually, I just made that last one up.  Who says that SHOULDN’T happen though!

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So here we go College Football fans.  It’s our time to shine!

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Mr. Not so Fast, My Friend

If you tune into College Game Day every Saturday morning/afternoon, then you are very familiar with the man who sits in between Kirk “Herbie” Herbstreit , Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard,  the man who is more well-known for his  “comic hijinks,” or as I like to call it “outlandish antics,” and of course his catchphrase, “Not so fast, my friend.” Ladies and Gents, may I sadly introduce, Mr. Lee Corso.

Under those pounds of Clinique foundation that grace his aged face, Lee Corso was actually a respectable college football player and coach before ESPN brilliantly decided to hire him as a broadcaster for their College GameDay program.  Forgive me for the “oh so not nice” comments concerning Corso’s ongoing tenure on ESPN, but he seriously contributes NOTHING but idiocy to the sports program as well as the game.

I haven’t watched all of his broadcasts so who is to say he has always been this obnoxious, making an endless array of pointless commentary.  I live and breathe college football, so when this leather faced old blockhead graces my television screen every weekend and starts to gabble about absolutely NOTHING, making ridiculous predictions about team match-ups saying “They will win by two safeties!” or “By 3 interceptions I bet” or the all time insightful favorite, “Hawaii doesn’t win many games in the United States.”  In addition to his senseless blabber, this cake-faced jalopy of a broadcaster has decided to cement his utter stupidity on air by not only always picking the upset but by sporting the team’s mascot headgear.  Instead of merely telling viewers his prediction and discussing the objective reasons as to why a team will win a game, he has to pick the team with the most comical looking mascot headgear and place it on his fat head to get a roaring cheer or jeer from the on looking college crowd.  Not only just the headgear, but props and all, to really REALLY get his point across (ie. Trojans with a sword, Sooners riding a covered wagon, Alabama’s elephant etc.). 

You gotta hand it to his fellow broadcasters (Fowler, Herbstreit and Howard) for saving his ass on the air by, you know, DOING their job.  It is such a shame for the hardworking Fowler, Herbstreit and Howard team, who actually take their job seriously by making insightful comments and athletic analyses.  Seriously, who wants to be seen with this joke of a sports broadcaster?  I guess if you’re getting paid to do YOUR job and the ratings are good, who is to complain?

Perhaps Corso is “doing his job” by offering some comical relief and his antics are fully supported by ESPN merely for the ratings, but his immature antics and ridiculous behavior are getting to be too distracting and too demeaning for the sport, ANY sport for that matter.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the bickering and animated personalities of Chuck and Shaq on TNT’s Inside the NBA, but at least they have something to positively contribute by commenting on players’ athletic abilities and presenting statistical facts to support their arguments.  Geeze Corso, does that sound so hard?  I know there are some big words in there, but you went to Florida State, Ivy League of the South East right?  In case you haven’t noticed, while on air Corso is always clutching a number 2 pencil, as if he was writing down important facts and names to bring up during the broadcast. DUH

What gives with the pencil?!  Apparently the clay face old man is “Director of Business Development for the Dixon-Ticonderoga pencil company.”  You gotta be kidding me.  Some company in Florida that unconsciously promotes education allows a dumb-witted sports guy to run the development of their entire business?!  Thank god these pencils look great on TV despite being held by a fat head broadcaster.  That sounds like the beginning of a beautiful and lucrative relationship.  Good luck with your Florida pencils kids, be careful with those sharp edges, they can be pesky when your flaying your arms around and not actually dulling the point with….what is that..?  oh WRITING?!  Yea, who needs that when you have cool headgear to parade around.

Yes, College Football is supposed to be fun like all sports, but it holds so much more pageantry, lifelong traditions and even a little innocence among the players and fans that professional sports at times may overlook.  Unlike professional Sports, College sports have yet to become fully engrossed in making that much-needed cha-ching and try to consciously separate themselves from the massive conglomerate, emanating more passionate fans, more hometown rivalries, more cheers,more songs, more excitement.  Lee Corso’s antics may be just for fun and games, but it feels like he is doing more bad than good, undermining what really makes the sport so different and so special to some.  Granted, his live audience is usually made up of hung over or intoxicated college students, Corso’s input is just a waste of life.

I don’t wish ill upon an old man, but I do wish for Lee Corso to retire with his pencil company in Florida (I would say dignity but that has already gone far out the window).  Please, if you love even a speck of college football, you would retire from College GameDay and hope to instill some integrity back in the program.  While he is still on the air, Corso continues to give a bad name for ESPN and Sports Broadcasting.  Hopefully ESPN will pull their heads out of the clouds one day when ratings take a little dive and shake up the commentary with a professional broadcaster,who could rock some mascot headgear if he or she wants, but more importantly, positively contribute a few valid points into the mix and stop making a mockery of the game.

No worries, we will be able to find Corso hanging back in one of the local watering holes in some random college town on a Saturday probably in the company with those NFL replacement refs, all basking in the good old days, wishing he can one day actually look  as happy as his fake mascot head.